DeLorean widow in legal battle over use of name

Around 9,000 DeLorean cars were built in Dunmurry
Around 9,000 DeLorean cars were built in Dunmurry

A legal tussle is under way over the futuristic DeLorean car that played a co-starring role in the classic 1985 movie Back To The Future.

About 9,000 of the cars were built at Dunmurry on the outskirts of Belfast before the company went bankrupt in the 1980s.

The widow of carmaker John DeLorean is embroiled in a lawsuit against a Texas company she says has been illegally using the DeLorean name and logo to sell merchandise.

Sally DeLorean also claims the company has illegally licensed the name and images to other companies including Nike, Mattel and Apple. The company denies the charges.

The DeLorean car was used by Michael J. Fox in the movie to travel back in time to the 1950s.

John DeLorean died in New Jersey in 2005.